OBITUARY

Edward Assie

September 15, 1943February 12, 2021

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Edward Assie at his home on February 12, 2021. Edward is survived by the love of his life, his wife Carol of 51 years, and their three sons: Joe (Kelly, grandchildren Amber, Abbey, Michael, Jaime), Mark (Deanna, grandchildren Jade, Raechel, Isabelle) and Aaron.

Born in 1943 to Joseph and Adele Assie, Edward was the eldest in a family of 7 children. His siblings were Florence, Shirley, George, Leona, Gil and Arlene.

He grew up in Viscount, SK, learning from his parents his formidable work ethic, his ability to fix anything, his love for, and dedication to family.

In his early years, Edward worked closely with his father whom was a mechanic by trade at the family owned automobile and farm equipment dealership as well as on the family farm at Viscount Sk.

Edward went to school at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, SK for a time, and then on to the University of Ottawa where he earned a Bachelor of Education degree. He landed his first teaching position in Elrose, SK. It was while Edward was in school at Athol Murray College that he met his “one and everything,” a beautiful nursing student, Carol Telfer at a New Year’s Dance in Watrous Sk.

Edward and Carol made their first home in Melfort Sk where Carol worked as a public health nurse and Edward as a teacher. Edward established the first co-operative school-work program in Melfort. He went on to teach junior high school and finished his teaching career as an Industrial Arts teacher. It was during this time that Edward and Carol raised their three sons, Joe, Mark and Aaron through their public-school years. Edwards experience working with his father in his early years combined with the skills he learned as an Industrial Arts teacher provided the knowledge needed to be a true “jack of all trades.” Edward was never afraid to take on a large project. He built his family’s home on an acreage in Melfort, the family’s cabin at Manitou beach and all kinds of farm equipment such as drill transports, sprayers and earth movers.

While teaching in Melfort, Edward and Carol bought a quarter section of farmland at Clavet. It was here over several years that they planned and built their second home and family farm operation. Edward eventually retired from teaching and moved to Clavet permanently and it was here where Carol, Edward and their three sons worked and lived together on the farm for many years. Like his father, Edward taught his sons many of the skills that he had learned, and they now use in their careers.

While Edward liked teaching, he loved family and farming more. The family farm gave them the opportunity to work together and to live the lifestyle that Carol and he loved so much. It was at their farm that the family would frequently gather to live life, celebrate milestones and be together – like the family’s legendary July 1st, Canada Day celebrations complete with fireworks and wiener roast.

If Ed was not in the field or off travelling, you could usually find him in his shop where he spent many hours either fixing or building something new. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t take apart, and most times, he could also manage putting it back together again, good, or better than new. What many did not know was that he had many other talents, a great singing voice, could play the guitar, ukulele, piano and accordion, almost all of which had been self-taught. He also had a passion for fishing, hunting and studying history.

Edward loved camping, travelling, visiting family and friends and exploring new places. Edward and Carol travelled every province and many US states with their trailer along for the adventure. He would keep his family and friends abreast of these adventures with long email notes that were always entertaining. Edward could spin a story into an epic tale, weaving interesting stories with educational facts to enlighten and engage his readers.

In Edward’s later years, he and Carol became “snowbirds”, spending winters in warmer climates like Mexico, Arizona, California and Texas. Ed enjoyed a good dance, seeing all the sites, music shows and the occasional happy hour. Edward and Carol met many new friends on these trips, and he made a point of keeping in touch with them by phone, e-mail and an occasional visit.

Edward lived a life without regrets. He felt for the time and money he possessed, he and Carol managed to do everything he’d ever wanted to, and more. He was especially proud of his three sons and was very thankful that Carol and he were blessed with their kids and grandkids living and growing up with them in the same community.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. The family wishes to thank Saskatoon Home Care, Saskatoon Cancer Centre and Dr Joseph Balaton for the assistance and care they have provided to Edward and his family. No funeral service will be held at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mandi Wersh of Acadia-McKague’s Funeral Centre.

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Trina Magis

March 1, 2021

My deepest sympathy. Mr. Assie was my grade 7 homeroom teacher. He taught me other subjects as well. He was a wonderful teacher.

Dorie Landwer

March 1, 2021

Carol please accept my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Gloria Stushnoff

March 1, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Ed’s death. My deepest sympathy to you Carol & your family.

Al & Kathy Bourgeault

March 1, 2021

Going to miss Ed stopping me on my walks and asking me if I was running away from home! Ed and Carol were so generous with some of their spruce trees too. His legacy will be forever marked by all the spruce trees in various farm yards close by. And I think if everyone that knew Ed are ever to drink a Canadian beer in the future, they will remember him and the boys' fireworks displays every year on Canada Day! Let all the wonderful memories hug you warmly during this time.

Oliver & Mabel Siba

March 1, 2021

WE are sorry to hear of Ed's passing. He was a great story teller and a person who could fix anything. Condolences to Carol and the Assie family

Marcie Carswell

February 28, 2021

I remember Mr Assie teaching IA at Div III. I remember in particular a beautiful purple suit that he had. Purple was my favourite colour at that time which made him my favourite teacher even though my dad wouldn’t let me sign up for IA. In later years, I met and worked with his beautiful sister Shirley. RIP Mr. Assie! Sincere sympathy to the family.

Roger & Tillie Aessie

February 22, 2021

Tillie and I are truly saddened to hear about Edward's death and offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences.

Roger and Tillie

Lawrence Emisch

February 22, 2021

I am so sorry for loss, he was great person to know. From my family to yours

Dean Robin

February 22, 2021

Deepest syphathy to the Assie family from the staff at Khengsautobody

David Beck

February 22, 2021

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Edward. As a friend of George, I had the opportunity to meet Joe and Adele, and the members of their family many times. A valuable member of that wonderful family has been lost, but I believe their strong bond of
family love while help them thru this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. George.
David Beck